S.T.E.P. – Student/Team Empowerment Program Changes Lives

John “Pops” Kennedy, former U.S. Army Soldier, brings his passion for empowering human potential everywhere he delivers the Student/Team Empowerment Program (S.T.E.P.). For the past 25 years John has been motivating and training all walks of life in the pursuit of excellence, both mentally and physically thru various programs and institutions world-wide. This includes preparing young men and woman who wish to enter into the Armed Forces as well as mentoring and preparing candidates who seek to join the Special Operations community. We are excited to bring his program to southern California.

S.T.E.P. is a high quality leadership development and strength of character training program designed by John. Athletes develop self-confidence and resilience through lessons in teamwork, humility and selflessness. Activities push athletes out of their comfort zone and teaches them to rely on their peers in order to push through the mental barriers.


John and the power of S.T.E.P.:

“Mr. Kennedy ranks among my favorite teachers. His capacity to interactively care and wisely teach has set him apart from other teachers, leaders, and mentors in my life.” – Jordon Koch, US Navy

“I have trusted John “Pops” Kennedy as an expert facilitator, team-builder, and leader developer. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and his ability to inspire is exceptional. Pops brings a blend of experience, intellect, and passion that will create permanent and positive change within your team, company or organization.” – Steven B. Aycock – Former Head Football Coach – JCSU 2009-2015

“The first time I met John was the first time I was really pushed to my limits, it was also the first time I exceeded them due to his motivation. He showed me outstanding leadership qualities, humility, and moitivation techniques for both myself and others.”- Phillip Rapheal Gagnon, Naval Special Warfare Candidate

“What a fantastic job you all did with our team over the weekend. You all have gone over and above my best expectations. It is truly your hard work,dedication and years of experience that we will enjoy using to grow with. Definitely the most powerful thing we have done so far!” – Coach Williams, Head Football Coach, Jireh Prep Academy

Schools Benefitting from S.T.E.P.

Jared Preparatory Academy, Matthews, NC – 80 Athletes

Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA – 115 Athletes

University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke, NC – 108 Athletes

Howard High School, Ellicott City, MD – 50 Athletes

Granby High School, Norfolk, VA. – 50 Athletes

Booker T Washington High School, Norfolk, VA – 50 Athletes